10 Hidden UK Beach Gems

10 Hidden UK Beach Gems

1 – Penmon Point, near Beaumaris, Anglesey

The Isle of Angelsey Coastal Path runs right through Penmon Point, tucked away on the eastern tip. Cream teas can be taken whilst viewing Puffin Island, Menai Strait & Snowdonia. Along the beach you’ll find the chance to spot some seals and porpoise, with the methodical dinging of the Penmon Lighthouse as background atmospherics. The Penmom Priory can be found a short way down the road which is well worth a nose around.


2 – Lizard Point, Cornwall

The most southerly point of the UK can be reached by a single road and footpath. Dramatic views from the cliffs take in a newly rebuilt lifeboat and the sometimes violent seas around. Polpeor Cafe at the top of the cliffs offers refuge all year round and unique keepsakes can be acquired at the nearby shop.


3 – Rye Harbour, East Sussex

A small fishing fleet still operates in this working harbour and so you can find some pretty good refreshments on offer at Bosun’s Bite as the fleets return with the days catch. The local pub William the Conqueror serves a decent pint to cap off a good days walking.  A short walk away you’ll find the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve with 150 rare and endangered species to spot. Here you’ll also find the Avocet Gallery and Tea Room where you can view paintings of the birds should you not see any yourself.


4 – Dengle Peninsula, Essex

At the tip of the peninsula you’ll find the chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall built in 654 AD and a good half mile walk from the nearest parking. The rewards are worth it though as the church and surrounds boast some wonderful shoreline and wading birds. Continuing on is the town on Burnham-on-Crouch, also worth a visit and a popular spot for sailing activities from the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club nearby.


5 – Blakeney Point, Norfolk

If the time of year suits, try and arrive here by boat from Morston Quay, allowing you the chance of spotting some grey seals as well as taking in the atmospheric Old Lifeboat House with its own visitor centre. Plenty of birds, otters and rare flowers can be seen around the reserve, and for the energetic, a four mile walk back along the shingle can be attempted.


6 – Seaham, County Durham

This coastline has perhaps seen the biggest improvement of any in the UK. Once full of coal mines and spoil, it was nicknamed the black coast but now after much hard work the beaches are clean and wildlife is returning. The town of Seaham serves as a starting point for both walks and cycling along the North Sea Cycle Route and for the more sedentary, Seaham Hall offers Spa Treatments.


7 – Seacliff Beach, Auldhame, East Lothian

One of the most secluded spots on our list, it is reached by private road and a walk through bushes as trees that obscure what becomes one of the widest, open and quietest beaches in the UK. The skyline is dominated by Bass Rock and a short way along the shoreline you’ll find the ruins of Tantallon Castle and what is reportedly Scotlands smallest harbour carved from the rock back in 1890.


8 – Pittenweem, East Neuk, Fife

A stong artist community has grown up in this village over the years, so much so that every August there’s an annual Arts Festival to enjoy. Fish is the other draw with excellent catches available at the fishmongers as well local restaurants both in the village and surrounding settlements.


9 – Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Dumfriesshire

The main attraction here are the 30,000 barnacle geese that fly 2,000 miles to the centre. Trips are available early in the morning to witness the spectacular dawn flights. There’s more to the 1,400-acre centre than just the early birds including badgers, swans and toads.


10 – Sandscale Haws, Cumbria

A huge 700-acre National Trust nature reserve with giant stretches of sand some two miles wide at low tide, with sand dunes and tufty mounds at the back. A variety of creatures call this home including toads, terns, oystercatchers and butterflies. There are regular National Trust events available for all the family.


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